Chelsea will be hoping to make it twelve Premier League wins on the bounce when they play host to Bournemouth on Boxing Day. That would set a new club record for the most consecutive wins if Antonio Conte’s men can pull it off on Monday. Given the kind of form that they have been rolling out this season ever since that game-changing loss against Arsenal back in September, they are odds-on to take down the Cherries.
Chelsea have conceded just the three goals in their last seven Premier League games and they will be taking on a defence which isn’t going to offer them the most sternest of opposition. Chelsea have won their last five home games in the top flight and they have conceded just the one goal in the process there, so this is a tough, tough game for Bournemouth, who actually snuck a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge last season.
However, it’s hard to see Chelsea slipping up to them again and with Stoke to follow on New Year’s Eve at Stamford Bridge for the Blues, you are a looking at Chelsea potentially edging closer to Arsenal’s record of 14 straight Premier League wins. If Chelsea win their next two games then it would mean that they would have to win at Tottenham on January 4th to level the record set by the Gunners. That will add some extra spice to the London derby.
Are Bournemouth likely to step up with much resistance to Chelsea here? Probably not as they have won just the one away games all season, losing five of their eight played out on the road, including three of their last four. Bournemouth have also conceded at least three goals in four of their last five Premier League games now so their defence is all over the place. That should play a big part in Chelsea getting through this, even without the suspended Diego Costa in the line up.
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